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Structural and compositional analysis of $InBi_xAs_ySb_{(1-x-y)}$ films grown on GaAs(0 0 1) substrates by liquid phase epitaxy

Dixit, VK and Keerthi, KS and Bhat, HL and Bera, Parthasarathi and Hegde, MS (2003) Structural and compositional analysis of $InBi_xAs_ySb_{(1-x-y)}$ films grown on GaAs(0 0 1) substrates by liquid phase epitaxy. In: Applied Surface Science, 220 (1-4). pp. 321-326.

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Abstract

The growth of epitaxial $InBi_xAs_ySb_{(1-x-y)}$ layers on highly lattice mis-matched semi-insulating GaAs substrates has been successfully achieved via the traditional liquid phase epitaxy. Orientation and single crystalline nature of the film have been confirmed by X-ray diffraction. Scanning electron micrograph shows abrupt interface at micrometer resolution. Surface composition of Bi(x) and As(y) in the $InBixAsySb_{(1-x-y)}$ film was measured using energy dispersive X-ray analysis and found to be 2.5 and 10.5 at.%, respectively, and was further confirmed with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Variation of the composition with depth of the film was studied by removing the layers with low current (20 μA) $Ar^+$ etching. It was observed that with successive Ar+ etching, In/Sb ratio remained the same, while the As/Sb and Bi/Sb ratios changed slightly with etching time. However after about 5 min etching the As/Sb and Bi/Sb ratios reached constant values. The room temperature band gap of $InBi_{0.025}As_{0.105}Sb_{0.870}$ was found to be in the range of 0.113–0.120 eV. The measured values of mobility and carrier density at room temperature are $3.1 \times 10^4 cm^2 V^{-1} s^{-1}$ and $8.07 \times 10^{16} cm^{-3}$, respectively.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: The Copyright belongs to Elsevier.
Keywords: X-ray diffraction;Liquid phase epitaxy;Antimonides;Semiconducting III–V materials
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Solid State & Structural Chemistry Unit
Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics
Date Deposited: 05 May 2006
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:26
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/6563

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